When can I plant Datura in Zone 5b

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us figure out our gardening schedule is the USDA zone info. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

The best time to plant datura in Zone 5b can be figured out by checking out the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Datura

Frost tolerance for datura: Tolerant of a very small amount of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 3 weeks before last frost.

Datura do ok in moderate cold which tells us that you can start planting them slightly earlier than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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A good time to plant datura
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant datura
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The earliest that you can plant datura in Zone 5b is March. However, you really should wait until April if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant datura and expect a good harvest is probably August. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your datura may not have a chance to fully mature. Starting your datura indoors is a great way to get them started a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is April 15 in Zone 5b. In the coldest months of winter we should expect an average low temperature of -15°F.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 5b is an average our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 5b we get a frost after April 15 be ready to cover your datura in the event of a late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 5b

Here is the info for USDA Zone 5b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)April 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)October 15
Lowest Expected Low-15°F
Highest Expected Low-10°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -15°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -10°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 5b

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 5b.